EX-8 2.0 Two Channel Integrated Amplifier with adaptable inputs

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EX-8 2.0 Two Channel Integrated Amplifier with adaptable inputs


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The EX-8 integrated amplifier provides a total solution for state-of-the-art music reproduction. Simply add any source (digital and/or analog) plus a pair of loudspeakers or headphones, and enjoy a musical experience that invigorates your soul. Built around Ayre’s exclusive innovations, the Ayre EX-8 includes fully-balanced, zero-feedback (real-time) circuitry throughout for natural musicality.

The EX-8’s modularity makes it amazingly versatile. Featuring three analog inputs (one balanced) and up to six digital inputs (Ethernet, USB, AES/EBU, S/PDIF, and two Toslink) it’s prepared to be the hub for most any system. With the Ethernet module installed, it is Roon-ready and pre-configured to stream Spotify, Qobuz, and Tidal. The EX-8 will integrate into virtually any home system today and is designed to be upgradeable for inevitable future technologies.

The EX-8 also allows you to immerse yourself in music with your favourite headphones. Taking full advantage of the robust Ayre analog linear power supply, both balanced and unbalanced front panel connectors–driven by Ayre’s exclusive Diamond amplifier circuit–will effortlessly drive the most demanding headphones. Likewise, selecting speakers to go with the EX-8 is easy. The Double-Diamond output stage and pure linear power supplies produce 100 watts of power, allowing music to flow effortlessly into your life. The EX-8 delivers Ayre’s latest innovations in a single chassis, giving you authentic music, at an unexpected price.

Features:

fully-balanced discrete circuitry

Ayre’s Asynchronous S/PDIF input.

ESS ES9038Q2M DAC chip

Ayre custom digital clock

Ayre’s Minimum Phase digital filter

Single-pass 16x oversampling

Ayre’s Double Diamond output stage

Ayre’s exclusive Equilock gain stage

Analog volume control

Linear analog power supply

High-speed circuit board material

Up to six digital inputs:

Ethernet

Asynchronous USB

AES/EBU, S/PDIF, Optical (2)

Ayre Link communication system


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Audio Inputs: USB: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 352.8, 384 kHz PCM 16, 20, 24 bits DSD64 and DSD128 (as DoP)
Optical/SPDIF/AESEBU: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz PCM 16, 20, 24 bits DSD64 (as DoP)
Network: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz PCM 16, 20, 24 bits DSD64 (as DoP)
Analog: 1 Balanced XLR, 2 Single-ended RCA
Outputs: Speaker Output: 100 watts per channel continuous into 8 ohms 170 watts per channel continuous into 4 ohms Line Output: 4.5 Vrms balanced, 2.25 Vrms single-ended Headphone Output: 4.0 Vrms balanced, 2.0 Vrms single-ended
Input Impedance: 20 KO unbalanced inputs 40 KO balanced inputs (20 KO per phase)
XLR Input Polarity: Pin 1 = Ground Pin 2 = Non-inverting (Positive) Pin 3 = Inverting (Negative)
Power Consumption: 60 watts in operating mode
Dimensions: 17.25? W x 13.00? D x 4.5? H (44cm x 33cm x 11.5cm)
Weight: 11kg

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